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1949 Gibson L-7

Serial # A-3122. After L-5, the L-7 was Gibson's highest-level 17" acoustic archtop guitar. Built quite similarly to the more expensive L-5, the L-7 featured carved figured maple back with matching sides and a carved X braced spruce top. The guitar shared the same trimmings as the ES-175 and Southern Jumbo, and was designed to appeal to professional working musicians who needed a pro-level instrument at a price lower than the company's top-of-the-line L-5 and Super 400.

Like the L-5 the L-7 features a long scale 25.5" neck, and hand-graduated top and back. The top is triple-bound, and the back, fingerboard and headstock are single-bound. Pearl parallelogram inlays grace the fingerboard, and the pickguard is 5 ply celluloid. It's a classy guitar, and a great looking one.

This example sounds spectacutlar. Its very alive and open, and is wonderful for comping, and melodic runs. It's expressive on the quiet stuff, and puts out a lot of volume when hit hard. The neck is rounded and particularly comfortable, too.

Refret and new bone nut by our shop. We reglued the back's center seam as well, and removed a bridge pickup from the guitar. The bridge currently installed is non-original but a period correct Gibson part. Original tailpiece and pickguard, original first-year closed back Klusons, and original finish throughout. The previous owner played left-handed, and we've filled the small screw-holes left by the pickguard on the other side of the guitar.

Excellent neck angle, perfect top arch, no top cracks or damage, and gorgeous finish. It's a wonderful instrument.

With early 1960's Gibson hardshell case.

Shipping into the USA?

Sending this guitar to a US address is easy to do, and there are no import fees, taxes, or duties to pay when it arrives. We take care of everything involved in shipping -- all you have to do unpackage the instrument when it arrives and play!

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